$3000 Later, Valve President Newell Flying to Australia to Meet Modder

By Nick Breckon, Oct 01, 2009 11:08am PDT Following a ridiculous chain of events, Valve president Gabe Newell will finally be flying to Australia next week to meet a local modder that raised over $3000 for the trip.

The chain began with the modder, known as Joe W-A, finding it unfair that Valve flew several members of a Left 4 Dead 2 boycott group to the company's headquarters. "Why the hell haven't I been flown to Valve? I mean, you guys need to preview my campaign," he wrote to Newell in an email.

"We are boycotting your campaign," Newell replied, to which Joe W-A asked, "Does that mean I have to fly you here?" Newell raised the stakes: "Me and [Valve designer Erik Johnson]."

Unfazed by a $1200 Qantas price quote, Joe W-A solicited help from the gaming community, raising over $3000 for the trip. Valve public relations officially announced Newell and Johnson's plans today.

"In 2003, the community helped the FBI and European law enforcement officials find the people who stole the Half-Life 2 source code," said Newell. "This year, the community is putting me on a plane to the other side of the world to meet Joe W-A and see his MOD. It's going to be a fun trip."

A report on the trip will be posted to the official Left 4 Dead blog following the escapade.

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  • Gabe Newell is focusing on the most importent thing regarding games, "the community". This makes Valve Software one of the most sucessful game software developer. I have been a "Valve follower" since I first red about HL1 in a PCGamer magazine in 97/98.
    Me and my cousin even sent him a mail asking some questions about HL1, and believe it or not, we got a more than satisfing answere from him the day after. I don't got that spesific mail anymore, but remember he stated that my gaming PC was even better than his home computer. (I had a Intel Pentium MMX 166MHz, 48MB RAM and a Matrox Millennium gfx card :P)

    My impression of Gabe Newell is that this man really got a passion for his games and the community surraounding the games.